Sunday, January 04, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hey everybody! Happy 2009! Wow, it always amazes me how quickly the holiday season creeps up on you, then disappears like a bad first date. Did you make it to midnight? Did I make it to midnight? Um, I can't remember the last time I did! I sort of made it to 10:30pm...

Then, all of a sudden, it's January, and life returns to its normal self. I make no resolutions. I figure that if something is worth doing, it should probably be done when the thought pops into your head.

Of course, I can say things like - yeah, I resolve to swatch and finish what I start (HA! OK, finish in a timely manner...) - but things like exercise more, eat better, blah blah blah. You won't hear that from me. Yes, I've been rumbling about joining a gym, but that started late last year when I found out I get a corporate discount with a fitness club chain up here. Then the holidays suddenly showed up, and that quickly got shelved. We'll see.

And eating right? Well, I always give that my best shot. Even when I'm at my sister's, where I tend to eat...more... She is a good cook, but it's all good stuff so I never feel like I'm over indulging. Just over eating. Is that the same?

Taking a break from cooking. I'm pretty sure Finnegan has something to do with it.

Speaking of which!

"Hi. So I'm not a cat. I'm not my cousins. They're cute and stuff, for cats, but I rock. Just look at my face. Now, cuddle me. CUDDLE. ME!"

Finnegan has the cat "stare" down to an art form. You know the one - you're sure you can hear violins playing in the background as the eyes burn holes in you until you are convinced that yes, they will fall to pieces if you don't pick them up and pay loads of attention to them. Oh yes. He won out many times. Little funny face.

So, did you all get good stuff from the Santa Guy? I sure did! And, amongst all that good stuff (and there was A LOT of stuff for me!) was a copy of Folk Vests! Yay!

And there was the giving of gifties as well. My stealth knitting? Well, here is some of it!

A super-dooper mega long multi-coloured scarf for my sister-in-law! Trust me. It's long. I used a bunch of Mission Falls 1824 wool for this. The perfect yarn too - it has good bounce, will wash up nicely, and it makes for a nice, thick scarf. I'm thinking it was a hit! And, I have a request for another one. It didn't take as long as it looks - it worked out perfectly in front of the TV. One of things where all of a sudden you realize - whoops, this may be too long. Well, not really but you get what I mean.

And as for the Little Dudes. Well, as always they were very nicely looked after by their Auntie Raven.

"I'm sorta not impressed by you going away. I guess it's OK that you saw cousin Finnegan. But you're home now, so I'm sorta happy about that too. Hey, what's with the crate? We going somewhere?"

Usually the new year for the guys is ushered in not by Champagne and song, but by needles and butt-probes. Gandalf was the first, stuffed into his crate yesterday for a visit to the V-E-T. You'd never know it was a traumatic experience for him - he purred while being weighed (13.6 lbs. Atta boy.). And didn't flinch while being examined, probed, and vaccinated. And everyone went on and on about what a sweetie pie he was! Aw!

Next up should be interesting... Mae - who doesn't like it but puts up with it - and Atticus, at the same time. In all their years, I've never brought both in at the same time. But, Atticus is going to be getting some blood work done in preparation for some dental cleaning he needs, and it'll be simpler (simpler? Where am I coming up with simpler?!) to take them both in at the same time.

Now, Mae is no problem. Like I said, she doesn't like it, but she won't put up too much of a fuss.

Atticus? Hold on to your hats. He's a sweet and loving boy, but he can be crabby and crotchety in his middle age! He does NOT like it when he's not being in charge of the goings-on. Getting blood from him will require a few hands on deck, and thick skin. He is going to be one PISSED.OFF. kitty when they're done. But, it is for his own good. Not that he cares though.

Stay tuned. That's in a few weeks - I have time to plan my course of action.

"You know Atticus, it probably wasn't a good idea to hiss at Gandalf like that when he got home from the vet's."

"I know, I know... So, he really said that we both have to go in? At the same time?"

"Yup. Something about check ups, and blood work for you. Not sure."

"Oy. Well, maybe he's just being a jerk, and is just saying that to get back at me?"

"Um, I don't think so... *sigh* "


Marina said...

Some of those things you mentioned should be on my list, but it sounds like too much hard work. Maybe next year ...

Finnegan is as cute as ever!

Sounds like you had a great start to the New Year. Hope it continues that way for you.

Lorraine said...

Bridge- I'm glad you had a nice holiday. And resolutions..pffft.

I wouldn't want to be the one to get Atticus to the vet.

Finnegan is adorable. Was he named for Mr. Dressup?

Bridget said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday was yours!

It should be illegal to have a face as cute as Finnegan's.

Oh dear. Vet visits. I'll try to send strong thoughts your way. (I sure hope for your sake that Atticus doesn't discuss tactics with Tess before the visit ...)

Happy New Year!

bev said...

The only resolution I am sticking to is the get more outdoor exercise. Easy to do because I never got much anyway! And, tell Atticus that if he doesn't stop hissing at Gandalf, Jack'll come up there and they will gang up on him! Jack says, so it must be true.

Oh, and your yogurt has quickly become a staple around here. DH bought me a yogurt maker because our oven doesn't hold heat well enough for a good set. Ha! Thanks! Now, teach me more great things so I get more toys. LOL

Chris said...

Fun scarf! I bet it was well received.

I took Chaos and May together last time. It... wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, although I really thought the vet should be wearing welding gloves to be working on Chaos...

carolyn said...

I hope Atticus is easier to handle this year than last... do you think?

Finnegan is so cute!

Sonya said...

Finnegan continues to grow in cuteness. I hate resolutions. Too much pressure. Good luck with those vet visits. Our cats aren't too bad, but the dogs! Awful. I'm sure the vet staff is relieved when we leave.

miyamojo said...

I couldn't resist Finnegan's face. Such a cutie!

Glad that Atticus & Mae are sharing the bed. Sure looks like they're planning something!

Great color combo for that scarf! You rock!

Carrie K said...

I love resolutions. This year. It varies.

Finnegan is Too Cute! I want to cuddle him through the computer monitor.

Poor Atticus! Why can't you just leave him alone? lol.

Hez is not happy with my resolution to get up earlier. Hers is to BREAK ME OF IT, ASAP.

knitseashore said...

Sounds like you had a great time with your family. That Finnegan is adorable!!! How did you manage to tear yourself away?

We've just finished the round of vet visits, so I'm sending you good thoughts. I can tell you that two together isn't too bad, though a Red One has to be put out as soon as he crosses the veterinary threshold. His little sister is a much better patient. I think he hates that.

Brenda said...

Happy New Year! Love the picture of Atticus and Mae together. All power to you on the vet visit.

I can see why your SIL loves that scarf; it's great!

Traceyleezle said...

Finnegan! I can't put my finger on it, but there is just something about that little guy that I love. ;)
I love the united front that Mae and Atticus are putting on in their bed. "Move us, we dare you." Hope all goes smoothly at the vets.

Michelle said...

Hey there my friend... I didn't quite make it until midnight either... I know some people LOVe New Years Eve... I am not one of them. I DO However love New Years Day and starting all my manic organizational endevors....more on those in my next blog post :)
Happy New Year Brigitte!

Nicole said...

Sounds like you had a great holidays! Even if you wimped out and didn't stay up until midnight. Ah well. We can't all be night-owls.

Good luck with the visit to the V-E-T...

Rebekaht said...

I still can't believe its 2009, itcan't be, I wasn't ready for it. So you go ahead to 2009, I'm going back to 1995.

I don't think though I've ever stayed awake till Midnight. I'd lose too many potential dreams that way.